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Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Teachers throughout South Dakota are registering for the Fall 2016 session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game Program (SDSMG) operated by the Black Hills State University Center for Economic Education. The SDSMG is a real-time online stock market simulation where teams of students research and purchase a portfolio of stocks and compete for prizes. Read more

California State University, East Bay

  • The university has hired a case manager to help identify and meet the needs of students who are homeless, food insecure or financially unstable. Read more
  • A Cal State East Bay professor and student are part of an effort to measure and study how the ground responds to earthquakes in specific areas. Read more

Pittsburg State University (Kan.)
Quietly, without fanfare and largely under the radar, the Challenger Program is changing the lives of Crawford County children and it wouldn’t be happening without the hard work of scores of current and former Pittsburg State University students. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, in collaboration with two other U.S. law schools and the University of Silesia in Poland, has created an international educational program on U.S. law for Polish judges, lawyers, post-graduates, and advanced law students. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)

  • Winthrop University’s newly appointed Thompson Scholar Barbara Burgess-Wilkerson will spend the next year developing an emotional intelligence project to help prepare students for the workforce. Burgess-Wilkerson, an associate professor of management and director of student professional development in the College of Business Administration, said her research will help millennials identify their areas of strength and weakness as they prepare for their professional lives. Read more
  • Winthrop University will partner with to offer a new scholarship program aimed at motivating students to do better in high school and to prepare for college. Using, high school students will be eligible to earn up to $1,200 in "micro-scholarships" to attend Winthrop by meeting certain criteria. Winthrop is the only S.C. public university participating in this new program. Read more



Worth Noting

2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award
A number of AASCU members have received the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. View full listing



Grants and Gifts

Arkansas State University

  • Brook Fluker, assistant professor of aquatic ecology at Arkansas State University, is leading development of the Arkansas Center for Biodiversity Collections, which will unify A-State's eight natural history collections. The project is funded by a $478,094 grant from the National Science Foundation. Read more
  • A faculty member at Arkansas State University will head up a research project involving three institutions and supported by $4,998,672 million from the National Science Foundation. The project represents the largest single competitive research award in Arkansas State's history. Read more

Armstrong State University (Ga.)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded $279,297 to seven chemistry professors at Armstrong State University. Brandon P. Quillian (Principal Investigator), Sarah E. Gray, Gary Guillet, Cliff Padgett, Nathaniel Shank, Mitch Weiland and Sarah Zingales received a two-year grant for “Polymer Chemistry: Cross-linking the Curriculum (PC3).” The grant supports the infusion of polymer chemistry, a multidisciplinary science, throughout the curriculum. Read more

Austin Peay State University (Tenn.)
The GIS Center at Austin Peay State University is constantly exploring ways to use technology to solve every day problems. The GIS Center recently received a Google Internet of Things (IoT) Research Award to pursue work toward helping fire departments keep track of their firefighters at active fires. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Black Hills State University received a $13,000 grant from the Goldcorp Coeur Wharf Sustainable Prosperity Fund. The funds will be used to support the Bike Spearfish! program including bike signage for the City of Spearfish, S.D. along with a bike maintenance center downtown, bike racks, and bike corrals. Read more

Colorado State University-Pueblo
Colorado State University-Pueblo President Lesley Di Mare and Russell DeSalvo, chair of the CSU-Pueblo Foundation, announced today (August 31) the successful conclusion of the three-year On the Move capital campaign with 13,517 pledges and gifts received totaling more than $28.4 million. The donations to the campaign came from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Read more

Columbus State University (Ga.)
A $133,000 grant from the University System of Georgia (USG) is helping Columbus State University implement improved classroom strategies to better prepare students in their pursuit of STEM careers. This is the fourth STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) grant awarded to CSU since 2011, bringing total funding to more than $3.1 million for STEM education. Read more

Dakota State University
DSU announces the South Dakota Board of Regents has awarded the University a $191,626 Innovation Grant, matched by DSU, for a total of $383,252 to launch DSU’s trailblazing new Cyber Classified OPerations (Cyclops) Lab. This grant and Cyclops will launch DSU, its faculty and students, into new advanced and high-level research for the National Security Agency (NSA). Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
IUP faculty Abigail Adams (Anthropology Department) and Brandon Vick (Economics Department) have received a grant from the Appalachian Teaching Project to create a public history trail using geocaching to promote the history of Downtown Indiana. Read more

Shippensburg University (Pa.)
Claire Jantz, professor of geography/earth science at Shippensburg University and director of its Center for Land Use and Sustainability, received a $486,000 grant -- provided by the Delaware Watershed Research Fund and administered by the Academy of Natural Sciences -- to connect models of land cover change, climate change, hydrology and tree species in an effort to address the impact of future development and environmental change on the watershed. Read more

Tarleton State University (Texas)
Three Tarleton State University professors have been tapped by the Department of State Health Services to investigate the shortage of general surgeons and emergency room physicians in Texas. The project comes with an almost $50,000 grant based on a legislative mandate approved last year by the Legislature. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
The U.S. Department of Education awarded the University of Central Oklahoma a 5-year, $1.2 million Federal TRiO Program Talent Search grant to increase the number of Oklahoma City metro students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are prepared to enter postsecondary education. The grant will fund the Talent Search Central Connect Program, providing academic, career and financial counseling services to middle and high school students in Putnam City Schools and Oklahoma City Public Schools. Read more

University of Houston-Victoria
The University of Houston-Victoria has been awarded a $300,601 grant to recruit more community college graduates into degree programs for health professions. By creating an easier pathway to UHV, more students from underrepresented minority groups in Texas are expected to participate in health professions programs. The grant was awarded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Division of Academic Quality and Workforce under the Minority Health Research and Education Grant Program. Read more

University of North Georgia
To bolster the number and ability of STEM-prepared secondary education teachers in north Georgia, the University of North Georgia (UNG) will launch a project this year backed by a $75,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Read more

Valdosta State University (Ga.)
Valdosta State University is the recipient of a $2.1 million competitive grant from the United States Department of Education Office of Migrant Education. These funds will be used to help identify, recruit, and retain students who are migratory or seasonal farmworkers — or the children of these migrant workers — and build a bridge to higher education. Read more



Awards and Honors

Buffalo State College (N.Y.)
Buffalo State was among five colleges and universities from across the country chosen this year to share in the 2016 Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards presented by The Washington Center. Recipients were chosen from more than 100 nominations based upon their leadership and innovation in civic engagement. Read more

Cal State East Bay

  • Cal State East Bay’s Institute for STEM Education recently received the San Francisco Business Times 2016 Beyond the Check Award in Education. The award, given to CSUEB at an event in July, recognizes collective impacts, in this case the partnership between CSUEB, Bayer and Wareham Development. Read more
  • Cal State East Bay's Solar Suitcase Program won a California Higher Education Sustainability Conference Award for STEM Academics. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
IUP professor of history Sharon Franklin-Rahkonen was selected by the Finlandia Foundation to be their Speaker of the Year for 2016-18. The Finlandia Foundation, which works to support Finnish culture in the United States, has invited Franklin-Rahkonen to be their Speaker of the Year in celebration of the one-hundredth anniversary of Finnish Independence in 2017. Read more

Pittsburg State University (Kan.)
Roy Janisch, an associate professor of justice studies in PSU’s Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, is on a nine-month Fulbright fellowship at Vancouver Island University in Vancouver, Canada, where he has been named the university’s inaugural Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky visiting research chair in Aboriginal studies. Read more

Shippensburg University (Pa.)
Ben Galluzzo, associate professor of mathematics at Shippensburg University, recently received the Henry L. Alder Award for distinguished teaching from the Mathematical Association of America. He was one of only three professors nationwide to earn the award, presented to early-career math faculty members “whose teaching has been extraordinarily successful and whose effectiveness in teaching undergraduate mathematics is shown to have influence beyond their own classrooms.” Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Mary Good will receive the seventh annual Fribourgh Award given to individuals who have made considerable contributions to the state through the disciplines of mathematics and science. Read more




Arkansas State University
The Miss America Pageant recognized the top three fundraisers for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals among the contestants in all Miss America preliminaries, including the Miss Arkansas Pageant. Miss Arkansas State University Bailey Moses accepted an award for being one of the three. Moses has helped raise more than $19,000 for Arkansas Children's Hospital, a member of the Children's Miracle Network. Read more

Armstrong State University (Ga.)
Armstrong State University junior and Georgia National Guardsman Spc. Joseph Broam won the 2016 National Best Warrior title and earned the opportunity to represent the U.S. Army National Guard in the U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition. Read more

Austin Peay State University (Tenn.)
APSU students are on one team of about 60 in a national collaboration called the NASA Eclipse Ballooning Project, and the goal is to have institutions along the (2017 eclipse’s) path of totality stream live video and images of the eclipse. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)

  • Four members of the Black Hills State University art faculty have been juried into the Seventh Biennial Governor’s Exhibition. The Governors Exhibition is the premier showcase for artists currently living and working in South Dakota, celebrating the tremendous quality and their unique diversity of artistic creativity. Read more
  • Black Hills State University student Courtney Fischer spent her summer working with scientists, researchers and patients conducting vital prenatal with Sanford Research in Rapid City, S.D. and worked directly with scientists, research managers, and patients on a two-stage parent-report screening tool to assess risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Read more

California State University, East Bay

  • Professor and machine-learning expert Matt Johnson takes on Skynet, spying and where the technology is going next. Read more
  • Cal State East Bay to Kick Off $60 Million Campaign. Read more

California State University, Northridge
Iron is keeping pregnant women healthy across the globe. But what impact can it have once the baby is born? Research by California State University, Northridge kinesiology professor and international collaborator Rosa Angulo-Barroso is exploring the effects of iron supplementation on the motor development of infants, and their preliminary findings are positive. Read more

Georgia College
The College of Education's Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) program welcomed the second cohort in fall 2016. Members are Brian Johnson, Jerome Brown, Julian Hagins and Sylvester Clark. Call Me MISTER is focused on recruiting, training and empowering African-American males to teach. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
In a collaborative effort with the National Endowment for the Arts, IUP’s University Museum, and IUP’s College of Fine Arts, IUP Communications Media students have produced a documentary chronicling the life of American painter Milton Bancroft. Read more

Indiana University Southeast
Seven IU Southeast nursing students traveled to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota this summer as part of a course in pediatric community clinical nursing. Nursing students tested residents for cholesterol, measured blood pressure and screened for diabetes via blood glucose checks. They also offered health education, encouragement and, for those who already showed healthy behaviors, reinforcement. Read more

Stockton University (N.J.)
Millennials, the nation’s largest population group, enjoy spending money on dinner and drinks or dancing and nightclubs, and would be attracted to slot machines if playing them involved an element of skill, according to a study of their preferences released by the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism (LIGHT) at Stockton University. The preferences of this demographic group are of major significance to the casino industry and South Jersey’s future economy. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Two faculty members and the winner of the 2016 student speaking competition will represent the University of Arkansas at Little Rock during central Arkansas’s own TED event Sept. 30 at the Ron Robinson Theater. Read more
  • Thanks to a record number of lifetime memberships, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Alumni Association has increased its student scholarship endowment fund to more than $700,000. Read more
  • The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Children’s International distributed back-to-school supplies to more than 900 children from Little Rock families in need during the Back to School Jamboree. The event also featured a community resource fair, free health and dental screenings, health education activities, and games. Read more

University of Maryland Eastern Shore
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is embarking on its 130th academic year and recently played host to five direct descendants of the first educator who had the task of opening the school in 1886, when nine students enrolled. Read more

University of North Georgia
A junior at the University of North Georgia (UNG), has been selected for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program, marking the third year in a row that a UNG biology student has been chosen. The scholarship includes $20,000 for tuition and educational and living expenses and also includes a 10-week summer laboratory experience in an NIH research laboratory and full-time employment for one year at NIH after graduation. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Fifteen Winthrop University students partnered with the Catawba Indian Nation this summer to conduct a needs assessment evaluation with its senior citizens. During an in-depth training provided by the Department of Social Work and Catawba Senior Center, students learned about culturally-sensitive data collection, the Catawba Indian Nation culture and history, tribal government, and how to conduct biopsychosocial interviews. Students also had the opportunity to tour the Catawba Cultural Center. Read more